School Direct Salaried Route:

The WTSA offers the School Direct Salaried Route into teaching, in conjunction with the awarding HEI. On this route, you will be employed by a specific school within the Alliance for one year and will be paid as an unqualified teacher. The amount you earn will be dependent on the school you train in. Your training costs to achieve QTS will be covered by the school.

You will receive training throughout the year, from the WTSA, the awarding University and our partner schools. The principals of academic rigour on the School Direct Salaried Route are the same as on University led courses. You will be allocated an experienced mentor and there will be a four to six week placement in a second Alliance school to enable you to experience a different teaching environment. You will not teach classes unsupported until your school feels you are ready. At the end of this course, your employing school may decide to extend your contract; this will depend on the successful completion of the course and there being a vacancy.

Each salaried route is carefully planned to ensure you will have the maximum support. The teaching load will vary from school to school; in general it will move from observing classes, to supporting classes, to small group teaching, to whole class teaching of up to 60% of a timetable.

What qualifications will I have at the end of my training year?

Primary Route: You will have a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) including Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Secondary Route: Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with the option of gaining the Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) through further training after gaining QTS.

What to expect:

  • You will experience school life on the first day of the academic year in September. You will get to know your colleagues, school systems and students from day one.
  • You will receive training and support from the WTSA, the awarding HEI and our partner schools.
  • You will train in at least two of our Alliance schools, based on your specific needs and interests.
  • You will participate in four Alliance ‘Teaching and Learning Workshops’.
  • You will undertake the one day ‘Child Exploitation and Online Protection Service’ (CEOPS) training, leading to the CEOPS certificate.
  • You will participate in the Alliance ‘Peer Observation Programme’.
  • You will receive high quality mentoring and support.
  • You will participate in a dynamic and collaborative professional practice programme.
  • You will be guaranteed an interview for a position within an Alliance school at the end of your PGCE course; this will depend on successful completion of the PGCE and there being a vacancy.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • 2:1 honours UK degree preferred or an approved non-UK qualification. 2:2 degree considered when an applicant has a Masters degree or can demonstrate substantial (2 years minimum) recent (within the last 18 months) experience.
  • GCSE Mathematics and GCSE English Language at Grade C or above. If you are applying for a Primary place, you will also need to have achieved a GCSE at Grade C or above in a Science subject.
  • 2 weeks’ UK state mainstream school experience.
  • For fee purposes, you must be a HOME/EU applicant.
  • FOR SALARIED ROUTE ONLY: You must have at least two and half years’ work experience. This can be from any career, not just education.

Further requirements:

  • You will need to have passed the Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy, preferably before your interview.
  • If you have non-UK qualifications, you will need a ‘Statement of Comparability’ from NARIC, the national agency for providing information and advice on worldwide qualifications.
  • In some cases, your accrediting HEI may ask you to complete a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course. These courses are free and can only be accessed once a PGCE place is offered.